The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #7339 Message #3835829
Posted By: ChanteyLass
30-Jan-17 - 09:36 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Spanish Ladies
Subject: RE: Origins: Spanish Ladies
My two cents!
In Chapter 40, Midnight, Forecastle, of Moby Dick, Herman Melville wrote
"Farewell and adieu to you, Spanish ladies!
Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain!
Our captain's commanded! - "
At that point the singing is interrupted by the First Nantucket Sailor's request that they join him in singing something cheerier. He then leads a version of The Bold Harpooneer.
At Mystic Seaport, members of the chantey staff often sing Talcahuano Girls.
Why say Farewell and Adieu to Spanish ladies? Maybe the songwriter knew English and French but not Spanish.